This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Christmas Decorating Ideas From Biltmore And Easy Holiday Recipes

Asheville, North Carolina offers Pinterest recipes and Christmas gift ideas for a uniquely homemade holiday.

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As families around the globe begin to haul out the holly and deck the halls, experts at Biltmore and Asheville's inns and bed and breakfasts are giving the gift of free tree decorating ideas, easy holiday recipes and suggestions for homemade Christmas gifts. The editors at have gathered a collection of holiday ideas, tips and Christmas craft tutorials sure to spice up your holidays and bring a taste of Asheville into your home.


Ever since George W. Vanderbilt first opened his home to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1895, Biltmore has been inspiring visitors with its extravagant, Victorian-influenced decor. The 2012 Christmas display at America's Largest Home includes a 35-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, as well as 68 decorated trees and about 1,000 red and white poinsettias situated throughout the house. Decorating experts at Biltmore Estate suggest some basic steps for trimming a tree that will draw on the aesthetics of your home and wow all of your visitors this Christmas. All of these tips have been included in an informative infographic.

Pinterest Contest:

Holiday enthusiasts looking for inspiration are turning to the popular social networking site Pinterest for everything from homemade gift ideas to holiday cookie recipes, and this year Asheville is giving pinners a chance to win a getaway. Asheville has created a pinboard called "Spice Up Your Holidays," filled with recipes, from Banana Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Pie Bars to Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies, as well as ideas for unique homemade wreaths and tips for choosing a Christmas tree. Pinterest users can login and repin holiday pins for a chance to win, and details are available at

Holiday Stats:
  • George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1985, the same year that President Grover Cleveland first used strings of electric lights on the White House Christmas tree.
  • Holiday decorating spending is up. A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation and BIGInsight indicates that the average consumer will spend $51.99 on holiday decorations in 2012, up from $49.15 last year. Total spending on decorations is expected to reach $6.9 billion.
  • Western North Carolina ranks second in the nation for harvested Christmas trees. In 2011, Americans were expected to purchase 21.6 million real Christmas trees and 12.9 million artificial trees and to spend almost $2 billion, according to Nielsen Research reported by the American Christmas Tree Association



Asheville is known for mild winters, welcoming historic inns and a vibrant downtown full of boutiques, galleries and independent restaurants. Holiday traditions such as Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore, the National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn, and holiday bazaar markets offer a variety of festivities for holiday travelers. Visit for travel planning, Biltmore tickets, lodging information and fresh holiday ideas.

SOURCE Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $94.02 0.00%
FB $104.07 0.00%
GOOG $683.57 0.00%
TSLA $162.60 0.00%
YHOO $27.97 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 16,204.97 -211.61 -1.29%
S&P 500 1,880.05 -35.40 -1.85%
NASDAQ 4,363.1440 -146.4150 -3.25%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs